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Toni Morrison's eleven novels give her a place as one of the major American novelists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She has also published books of non-fiction: essays on social and literary topics. Her themes have been summarized as "the position of black people in US society; the damage men do to women; the sustaining bonds between women; the power of memory and the impact of the past on the present; the corruption of innocence; redemption." Bibliographic Citation link. In 1993 Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Milestones
18 February 1931 TM was born as Chloe Anthony Wofford in the small steel town of Lorain, Ohio, USA, one of four children.  Bibliographic Citation link.
Early 1970 TM published her first novel, The Bluest Eye. Bibliographic Citation link.
By mid-1987 TM published her most famous novel to date, Beloved, a historical work about the protagonist's relationship with her daughter, whom she kills to effect her escape from slavery. Bibliographic Citation link.
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